I truly feel this sentiment every day of the year!
But, I am thankful that we designate a day to specifically honor our U.S. Military Veterans.
Did you all know my friend Alycia of Alycia Quilts is hosting a block drive for Quilts of Valor?
Well, she is! And, this is a super duper easy block that will help you use up some of your 2 1/2" strips!
Here is a sampling of some of my blocks!
You need to turn your blocks into her before November 30th!
There is still time to participate and win some great prizes!
To learn more, go to this link: Alycia Quilts 2014 Block Drive.
Best wishes with your drive Alycia!
What else happened this past week????
After an assembly for Veterans at my niece's high school, the students were let out for the day. I have long awaited the day I could take my niece shopping to buy her first formal! It has been a deal in the making with my sister since she was a baby! You all know I am a pageant fanatic! The closest I am going to get to see my niece in a pageant is by her wearing a formal for her Junior/Senior Prom. She just didn't inherit the pageant bug like I did! I realize you all may be thinking.......it is REALLY early to be shopping for a prom dress? Please realize, my niece has NEVER tried on a formal, so we had no idea what size to be looking for or which colors would look good on her. And there is usually a pretty lengthy lead time if you buy something custom. So, I loaded up my niece, sister, mom, and friend Mike, and away we went into the world of evening gowns!
My niece, Hannah, and my long time pageant friend, Peggy.
Of course I have a few connections in the pageant world, so I had to take Hannah to go visit one of my long time pageant friends, Peggy. Peggy owns The Bunny Patch in Dexter, Missouri. She has a great selection of gowns for all ages and sizes. She is in the middle of a magnificent renovation. Her shop is going to be........AMAZEBALLS! Thanks to Peggy, Hannah had a really fun time trying on her first formal and seeing all of the lovely gowns. This was a special memory we will all be able to savor.
We were also able to have lunch with someone who is very special to me and my family. My dear pageant friend Flo. Once you meet Flo you have met a friend for life. She has taught me so many lessons about pageants, not to mention life in general! She has endured more in her life than most could handle, and ALWAYS has a positive attitude. I have definitely learned from her, the glass is half full! I am so glad that Hannah has someone like Flo to look up to as well!
What do the next two photos have in common?
Well, they were both MAJOR purchases I made recently!
One not so fun, and the other one REALLY fun!
My washer of 16 years decided it wanted to retire! I had it since I was in college. Was that really 16 years ago? REALLY????? Anywho......I went to purchase a new matching set. I will reserve judgment on how well I like this new set until I simmer down from the annoying delivery process! I was delivered 3 damaged units before I finally received ones without scratches and dents!
Now onto my Accuquilt Studio..............which I am in love with by the way! When my blogging friend Wanda of Exuberant Color informed me that AccuQuilt was having a tremendous sale on start up bundles for the Studio, I bit...........HARD! I have long wanted the Studio, and love to work with strips. I just had to..........really, I had to! I have been having so much fun playing with it. Now, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty and really cut some of my stash up for future projects.
LORD! HAVE! MERCY!
I can't believe I am showing this image, but, this is what I am going to attempt to tame!
In the process, I am redoing my sewing space. I need it to be more efficient, and more
appealing to my eye than just bare basement walls. Storage boxes, more shelving and such.
I am very thankful that I have this space. It is just time to spruce it up!
My mother asked me what I wanted Santa to bring me for Christmas this year.........
Happy Veteran's Day EVERY DAY!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter